Psychiatric Evaluation Prior to Epilepsy Surgery


BARAL KULAKSIZOĞLU M. I. , Ozmen M.

EPILEPSI, vol.18, pp.30-32, 2012 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 18
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.5505/epilepsi.2012.78941
  • Title of Journal : EPILEPSI
  • Page Numbers: pp.30-32
  • Keywords: Epilepsy surgery, psychiatric evaluation, temporal lobe epilepsy

Abstract

Epilepsy patients who are resistant to medical treatment carry the increased risk of psychiatric comorbidity. There is a bidirectional relationship between epilepsy surgery and psychiatric status. Surgery affects the prognosis of presurgical psychiatric symptoms and psychiatric status affects the postoperative prognosis of epileptic convulsions. Therefore a psychiatrist with experience on patients with epilepsy should be a part of every epilepsy surgery team, to evaluate patients carefully prior to surgery and to follow them accordingly after the operation.